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Kosher Beach
Regissør: Karin Kainer
(Israel, USA)

UN BEACH: The gender-segregated beach in Tel Aviv has existed for many years, which little by little it has become a haven for an ultra-Orthodox population.


A young man sings an aria from a well-known opera. It's Puccini. Next to it, two men dance to the tones, close and both in microscopic swimsuits. As a small group of ultra-Orthodox girls pass by, they hesitantly stop, then turn their gaze down, but still can't help but stare at the smiles while giggling loudly at each other.

The appearance is apparent reality, but here is a scene in Israeli director Karin Kainer's latest documentary, Kosher Beach, which was shown at this year's DocAviv. It is an inciting depiction of a place in Tel Aviv where an almost separate cultural encounter takes place in the most beautiful way, namely Nordau Beach at the northern end of the city's long beach. The beach is closed off with a high plank fence to shield the bathers from prying eyes, and it is a popular excursion destination too. . .

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Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

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